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Circle of Stars

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Emerging from his hidden, pastoral childhood, Madoc, the prophesied savior of the druids, rises to fulfill his fate as messiah to his people. Fearing persecution, Madoc must protect his true identity while learning the ways of the ancient druids for control of Wales, Madoc sets out on a dangerous voyage to find a new home for his dwindling flock. It is a journey that will ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published November 18th 2002 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2001)
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Drkazmd65
Aug 21, 2008 Drkazmd65 rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those that like historical fiction
Yet another of my Bargin Bin finds. I got this book at least two years ago, and started and stopped reading it at least twice over that time. It took me a while to decide that I liked the characters enough to continue reading it.

This book falls into a genre that I generally like - semi-historical fiction. It's not the best of the genre that I have ever picked up, but it was a good read, with well developed characters and enough 'reality' to properly suspend disbelief. This is a story that could
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Benjamin Thomas
A follow-up to Circle of Stones, this novel follows Madoc, a Welshman and lesser know "discoverer" of the new World in the 12th century. If you enjoyed the first book then you'll like this one too. I've had both on my shelves for years and finally committed to reading them this year...I barely made it. The first was a bit dry for my taste and moved a little too slow so I had procrastinated on this second volume as long as I could.

The first third of this second book overlaps the first book comple
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Gina

This is a sequel to Circle of Stones. Circle of Stones was the story of Brenda, a mistress of Prince Owain of Gwynedd (North Wales). This is the story of her son Madoc, whom it was prophesied would save many Druids by taking them to an "unproved land" (America). During this time, the Druids were being persecuted by the "New Religionists" under King Henry in the 12th Century. It also contains the story of native people in Florida that Madoc will eventually meet. I am only 1/3 of the way through a
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Natasha Szmidt
This book was a little exasperating. I enjoyed the characters, and without them I would have given up on the book a long time ago. The prose was very clunky, mostly because it seemed the author wanted to really show off how much research she did, and thus would put ridiculous detail in places it simply wasn't natural. It became the equivalent of, "I think I will get into my combustion engine car and turn its round steering wheel, press the pedals to inject the engine with gas, and power the mach ...more
Serena
Slightly disappointed in this book, especially after having read it's epic prequel, Circle of Stones. The characters did not grasp me as they did in the first, and I found myself dragging my feet in trying to complete it. I only did so out of loyalty to Anna Lee Waldo and my desire to complete the story of Madoc, especially after the first one gripped my attention so. Unfortunately, unlike Circle of Stones, I still have yet to read this book a second time.
Renee
Great historical (maybe) fiction. The maybe is because they haven't been able to definitively prove that the main character, Madoc, actually sailed from Europe to North America in the 1100s, 300 years before Columbus, with a group of Welch settlers who were Druids trying to escape persecution by the Christians in Europe. Very interesting & entertaining.
Bekah Chance-Revels
I rarely put down a book without finishing it, but I had to with this one when I got halfway through and the two main characters hadn't met. The outline is:
chapter 1: she weaves baskets and gathers berries
chapter 2: he mopes around and talks about wanting to travel
and on and on ad nauseum
Sue
Fun to finish this book on my Columbus day holiday weekend. So Madoc may have discovered America before Columbus, eh? This historical fiction reflects on that thought.
Jackie
Compared to Circle of Stones, this book is severely lacking. While the subject was of great interest to me, I couldn't get into it.
April
The beginning was good but it lost momentum half way through. I kinda surprised by the ending....
Carol
Aug 07, 2007 Carol added it
Recommends it for: historical fantasy readers
Historical fantasy, worth the read but
the end is slightly unsatisfying.
Theresa
a story of self esteem and building your place in life
Debbie
Interesting, if you like history and myth.
honestly mem
When in the hell did I pick this book up?
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